Former LTTE cadre released after 6 months detention over police murders

The former LTTE cadre known as Ajanthan who was detained for six months under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in connection with the murder of two police officers in Batticaloa has been released by the Batticaloa Magistrate’s Court. The release followed an order from the Sri Lankan president following pressure from Tamil political leaders. On November 30 last year two police officers had been shot and stabbed to death at a checkpoint in Vavunathivu. Two former LTTE cadres had been arrested in connection with the murders, and while one had been released on bail, Ajanthan had been kept in...

IMF extends funding programme by 1 year

The International Monetary Fund has agreed to extend its funding programme for Sri Lanka by a further year until June 2020. "On the substance of IMF help, we have a programme with Sri Lanka that is ongoing and indeed next week, our executive board would consider the request from the authorities to complete the fifth review under our programme," the IMF Communications Department Director, Gerry Rice, said. "I think this is an important issue, to extend that programme by one additional year which would mean until June 2020. And that extension again is to be approved by our board, discussed and...

Vavuniya Muslim preacher arrested at Colombo airport

A Muslim preacher from Vavuniya was arrested at Colombo airport this morning. Sri Lankan police had been looking to question Munajib Mawlawi of Cheddikulam-Muthaliyarkulam over videos posted to his Facebook following the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Batticaloa and Colombo. He was arrested on his return from Saudi Arabia. Police said he would be produced before the Negombo court following investigations.

Trinco businesses protest against Eastern Governor

Businesses in Trincomalee held a hartal today to demonstrate against the state appointed governor of the Eastern Province, M. L. A. M. Hizbullah.

Fuel price goes up again

Sri Lanka's ministry of finance said the price of fuel would be increased again following the earlier price hike in February.

Jaffna Uni students detained under PTA to seek High Court appeal

Two Jaffna university student union leaders and a campus hospitality worker remain detained following their arrest under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), despite requests to the Attorney General to secure their release and widespread condemnation of their arrests. Their lawyers have said that an appeal will be lodged at the Jaffna High Court. The president and secretary of the university’s student union were arrested last week when a photograph of LTTE leader V Prabhakaran was found in their office during a search operation of the campus. A canteen manager was also arrested and detained...

PTK Divisional Secretariat remembers victims of Easter Sunday bombings

Puthukkudiyiruppu Divisional Secretariat remembered the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings today.

Police file case against former NPC member over LTTE leader birthday commemoration

Sri Lankan police on Tuesday filed a case against the former Northern Provincial Council member, M K Shivajilingam for celebrating the birthday of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader, V Prabhakaran last year.

Police collect information from Vavuniya landlords

Sri Lankan police this week instructed landlords in Vavuniya to register information on tenants with themselves as well as the local government agent, the Grama Sevaka.

UNP parliamentarians call for former Army Commander Fonseka to head Law and Order Ministry

UNP parliamentarians wrote to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe calling for former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka to be appointed as Law and Order Minister to deal with Sri Lanka’s terror threats. A letter from 89 United National Party (UNP) Members of Parliament, called for Fonseka, who was responsible for military oversight of the final phases of Sri Lanka’s brutal war with the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Tamil Eelam, to head the Law and Order Ministry in to secure the island. Speaking in parliament today, Fonseka said the terror threat in Sri Lanka had not yet been eliminated. Refuting...